Thursday, December 19, 2013

State Transportation Package On Hold Until Next Session

If you follow transportation much, you've probably heard that negotiations have failed to produce a new state tax package for transportation projects this year.

In a statement released last night, Governor Jay Inslee and House and Senate transportation leaders said they’ll try again when lawmakers meet next month for the regular legislative session.

The legislature struggled all year to reach agreement on a transportation plan, even making it one of hte subjects of a special session in November.

Inslee had hoped to settle on a transportation package by the end of the year in order to better make a case that Boeing should build its new 777X line here, as the company has said it would like to see transportation infrastructure improvements.

Here's more from the Spokesman-Review.

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